Three Kamiakin High School Students Expelled for MySpace Pictures
KENNEWICK, Wash.---According to Kennewick school officials, three students were expelled last Friday for posting photos on their MySpace pages showing these kids flashing gang symbols and wearing apparel that could be closely attributed to a gang affiliation.
Security officers in the school somehow became aware of these images and notified the administration. The school then conducted an investigation, consulting with counselors and security.
They also looked at each of the three students histories to see if an expulsion was more appropriate than a suspension. But the overwhelming factor was that administrators felt these pictures posed a danger to other students.
"When there is a significant reason to believe that there is a danger to the student population, we will take immediate action and go through an investigation process," says Lorraine Cooper, Public Information Ofc., Kennewick School District.
KNDU asked the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education about the danger these pictures posed. He would not elaborate except to say that the school district has a zero tolerance policy for gang activity.
School policy also says parents have 10 days to request a hearing . This is where a retired school official will determine if the school acted appropriately. The next option would be for parents to appeal directly to the school board.